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Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 25 March 1938 (USA)
After learning her multi-millionaire fiancé has already been married seven times, the daughter of a penniless marquis decides to tame him.

Director:

Ernst Lubitsch

Writers:

Charles Brackett (screenplay), Billy Wilder (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Nicole De Loiselle
Gary Cooper ... Michael Brandon
Edward Everett Horton ... The Marquis De Loiselle
David Niven ... Albert De Regnier
Elizabeth Patterson ... Aunt Hedwige
Herman Bing ... Monsieur Pepinard
Warren Hymer ... Kid Mulligan
Franklin Pangborn ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Armand Cortes Armand Cortes ... Assistant Hotel Manager
Rolfe Sedan Rolfe Sedan ... Floorwalker
Lawrence Grant ... Professor Urganzeff
Lionel Pape Lionel Pape ... Monsieur Potin
Tyler Brooke Tyler Brooke ... Clerk
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Storyline

US multi-millionaire Michael Barndon marries his eight wife, Nicole, the daughter of a broken French Marquis. But she doesn't want to be only a number in the row of his ex-wives and starts her own strategy to "tame" him. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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He married in haste and repeated in pleasure!

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Comedy | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

25 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blåskäggs åttonde hustru See more »

Filming Locations:

Vienna, Austria See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »

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Cooper complains that he can't sleep because he can hear the ocean. However, Nice, on the French Riviera, only borders the Mediterranean, which is a sea, not an ocean. The nearest ocean, being the Atlantic, is at least 300 miles away. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Floorwalker: Bon jour, monsieur. Is there something I could show you?
Michael Brandon: Pajamas.
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Michael Brandon: I want some pajamas.
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Version of Bluebeard's 8th Wife (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Comes Cookie
(1935) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Performed by Gary Cooper (vocal and piano)
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who wears the tops, who wears the pants
1 May 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ernst Lubitsch is the guiding hand behind "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife," a 1938 comedy starring Claudette Colbert and Gary Cooper. The screenplay was written with a light touch by Brackett and Wilder.

The story concerns a wealthy man, Michael Brandon (Cooper), who meets the very attractive Nicole De Loiselle (Colbert) in a Parisian men's department store. Brandon wants to buy the top of the pajamas, as that's what he sleeps in, but the clerk insists that he buy the entire set. Nicole enters and buys the pants.

Nicole's father (Edward Everett Horton) is a penniless marquis, trying to sell a project to Brandon, who isn't interested. The marquis then attempts to get him to buy a Louis IV bathtub. When he realizes that Nicole is the marquis' daughter, the marquis sees immediately that there is interest and tries to get them together. After all, he's loaded, and the hotel bill is due.

Finally, the couple does become engaged and of course the marquis brings in his entire family at his expense for the wedding. While everyone is gathering for a photograph, some white stuff falls out of Michael's suit. "What is that?" she asks. "It's rice," he says. "Don't you use it at weddings? It's supposed to bring good luck." "Did your bride and groom have good luck?" she asks. "Well," he says, "we had a pleasant six months."

She then finds out he's been married seven times. After renegotiating some sort of prenup he has set up, she goes through with the wedding, but they live separate lives.

For some reason, people put this film in the same category as I Met Him in Paris because they're on the same DVD and they both take place in Paris. I Met Him in Paris is not a Lubitsch film and has some problems. This film has a fine script, zips along at a great pace, and has some wonderful scenes. I Met Him in Paris didn't really pick up until the second part.

Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert are delightful. It's hard to believe that someone like Gary Cooper actually existed - tall, drop dead gorgeous, and a cowboy to boot. Talk about your perfect man. And what a smile.

Colbert is flawless in acting and in beauty - I saw her up close in 1974 and she looked the same as she did in this film. For as much success that she had, I don't think she ever received the credit for her dramatic work that she deserved, though she did for her comedy.

In her last appearance, in The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, she played an actual person, Elsie Woodward (name changed in the movie), and people who knew Elsie said Colbert was totally the character.

I don't think this is Lubitsch's best, but it's still delightful. How can you miss with those stars, that director, and those writers.

David Niven has a supporting role as an employee of Brandon's who is also a friend of Nicole's. He's very funny.


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